Family Weekend Schedule of Events

September 23-September 25

(tentative schedule - events subject to change)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Family Weekend Food Drive for the Bear Pantry

During Family Weekend in partnership with Missouri State Bears, we will be collecting donations for the Bear Pantry. Items needed include: Cereal, Granola bars, Chips, Oatmeal, Mashed potatoes, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo. There will be donation boxes across campus and at the weekend athletic event.

Ticket sales have opened for Family Weekend 2022. Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/SOARFP to see the listing of events and order tickets.

Friday, September 23
Check–In and Information
4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Plaster Student Union
Pick up your tickets for weekend events

BearWear @ the Bookstore

7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore
Get ready for “BearWear Friday” –a longstanding Missouri State tradition—by heading to the Bookstore for your MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website! A 20% discount will be offered to all family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Foster Recreation Center Open House
4 – 7 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center 
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student at Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students. A signed waiver of consent is needed to use the facility. Family members can fill out the waiver form at the front desk of the center.

Bear Wear Bingo
hosted by the Missouri State Bookstore, Family Programs and Student Activities Council
7- 8 p.m.
Plaster Student Union, Food Court
Come enjoy a great evening of Bear Wear Bingo, win some prizes and enjoy some delicious snacks. Bingo has never been so fun!

Saturday, September 24

Ticket Pick-up and Information
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom Information Desk (3rd Floor)

Mindful Meditation Yoga – Magers Health and Wellness
9am
Join Rhonda Lesley for a lovely start to your Saturday with Mindful Meditation Yoga. 

Family Weekend Welcome Brunch (come & go event)
sponsored by the Career Center
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Plaster Student Union Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Join MSU Parent and Family Programs for the Official Family Weekend 2021 kick-off celebration, as you indulge in a delectable brunch. Visit with members of the Career Center, University Safety and the Springfield Police Department. A short program, featuring President Clif Smart will start at 9:15 am. Ticket Required

Pop into the Library 
The Duane G. Meyer Library
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
What’s new at Meyer Library? Pop by for refreshments, games, crafts and more. Snap a family picture in our custom photo booth and try your hand at new tech from our Innovation Lab. 

Army ROTC Bear Battalion Showcase
9 a.m. -  11 a.m.
Visit with the Army ROTC Bear Battalion to meet a few Cadets and check-out some of the cool Army stuff they will have setup near the rappel tower.  Members of the Army National Guard and the Bear Battalion will be on-hand to answer questions and provide some interactive activities.

BearWear @ the Bookstore
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore 
Head to the Bookstore to pick up some MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website! 20% discount for family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Foster Recreation Center Open House
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center 
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student at Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students. A signed waiver of consent is needed to use the facility. Family members can fill out the waiver form at the front desk of the center.

Bear Family Tailgate - Come & Go Event
sponsored by the Traditions Council, MSU Alumni Association and Parent & Family Programs
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
BearFest Village (exact tent location to be announced soon)
Join the fun of BearFest Village at the Bear Family Tailgate! Hang out with family and friends, enjoy performances by the Pride Band and cheer on our Missouri State Football team as they make their way to the field. Food is served. Coolers are welcome. Suggestion: Bring chairs because the tent will be crowded. Tickets Required.

MSU Football Game vs. South Dakota State
2 p.m.
Plaster Stadium 
Show your Bear pride as you cheer the team on as they take the field against South Dakota! Also, get ready for a whirlwind of surprises and activities for you and your family throughout the game. Go Bears! Ticket required. 

Splash & S’mores
sponsored by the Foster Rec Center
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Foster Rec Center
The Pool Party at the FRC will be a great place to relax after an activity filled day. Enjoy basketball, volleyball, tubes to float the lazy river, lumberjack log roll, and in water seating. There will be a fire pit with free s’mores on the adjacent patio. Free event. Ticket required.

MSU Men’s Soccer vs. Evansville
Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium
7 p.m.
Head out to the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium and cheer on our men’s soccer team as they take on Evansville. Tickets available at the gate. 

SAC Family Weekend Entertainer - Noah Sonie
PSU Theater
7:30 p.m.
Join the Student Activities Council for a high energized entertainer. This show will be a mix of magic, mind reading, and hypnosis with Noah Sonie! Tickets required.

Sunday, September 25

Golf Scramble
sponsored by Foster Rec Center
9 a.m.
Horton Smith Golf Course
Get ready to tee off as you participate in the annual Family Weekend Golf Scramble sponsored by Foster Recreation Center.  Create your own 2-person team, and sign up for $57.00 (including cart and tax), $30.00 for individual (includes cart and tax).  Your registration will include 9 holes and a golf cart for you and your partner to get around the course. Ticket required.

BearWear @ the Bookstore
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore
Head to the Bookstore to pick up some MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website! 20% discount for family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Foster Recreation Center Open House
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student in our newly built, Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students. A signed waiver of consent is needed to use the facility. Family members can fill out the waiver form at the front desk of the center.

Family Weekend Sunday Worship
sponsored by the Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association
10 a.m.
Plaster Student Union Theatre
The Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association presents Family Weekend Sunday Worship, a non-denominational time of worship and sharing. All are welcome to attend.

Sparkling Sunday Brunch
sponsored by Missouri State Dining Services
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blair- Shannon Dining Center
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Garst Dining Center
Enjoy a sparkling brunch in either of our two main dining centers as you get ready to bid farewell to your student. Parents eat free with a student (student must have a meal plan). Additional guests are $9.50 each, payable at the door.

Explore Springfield
Get your outdoor supplies at the 300,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shop including the Wonders of Wildlife, experience history first-hand as you go on the “Battle of Springfield Driving Tour,” or experience the “home of the throwed rolls” in the Ozarks. Finish up the weekend by taking some time to explore the Springfield community with your student.